Trump picks envoy to Canada Kelly Craft for U.N. ambassador

WASHINGTON, Feb 22 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Friday he was nominating Kelly Craft, currently the U.S. ambassador to Canada, as his envoy to the United Nations.

Craft, a top Republican donor from Kentucky, rose this week as a serious contender for the post based on a recommendation by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a fellow Kentuckian.

It was not immediately clear if Craft would hold a Cabinet-level position, as the previous ambassador Nikki Haley did. Regardless, she will need to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

"Kelly has done an outstanding job representing our Nation and I have no doubt that, under her leadership, our Country will be represented at the highest level," Trump said in a tweet announcing his decision.

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U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Knight Craft stands during her swearing in ceremony in the Indian Treaty Room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House grounds, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
From left, K.T. McFarland, Lewis Eisenberg, Woody Johnson, owner of the New York Jets, and Kelly Knight Craft, listen to their introductions during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on their respective nominations to be Ambassadors to Singapore, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Canada, Thursday, July 20, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2017, file photo, United States Ambassador to Canada Kelly Knight Craft speaks after presenting her credentials during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)
Vice President Mike Pence swears in the U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Knight Craft, as her husband Joe Craft holds a bible, in the Indian Treaty Room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House grounds, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Knight Craft speaks during her swearing in ceremony, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence and her husband Joe Craft, in the Indian Treaty Room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House grounds, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Vice President Mike Pence applauds as U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Knight Craft concludes her remarks during her swearing in ceremony in the Indian Treaty Room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House grounds, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Reporting by Mohammad Zargham, Mary Milliken and Patricia Zengerle Editing by Chris Reese and James Dalgleish)

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